Time to challenge that cerebral cortex and put on those ‘mental’ dancing shoes as we trip the light fantastic of medical trivia, and lift the latch on the cage of the tiger of tease…so fasten your brastraps in anticipation of the Funtabulously, Frivolous Friday Five…
- What is Bazett’s formula used for?
- Correcting the Q-T interval for rate
- Bazett’s Formula creates a correction of the QT-duration based on the fact that the QT-duration on an ECG depends on the heart rate.
- Henry Cuthbert Bazett was educated at the University of Oxford, where he obtained his M.S. in 1913, and M.D. in 1919. He served as a medical officer in the British Army during World War I. In 1921 he accepted a professorship in physiology at the University of Pennsylvania, holding this tenure until his death in 1950.
- In the 1950′s doctors recommended treatment of pulmonary TB by the inhalation of what?
- In which year was the first anti-smoking campaign launched?
- 1604 by James I of England
- A Counterblaste to Tobacco is written in Early Modern English and refers to medical theories of the time (e.g. the four humours).
- In it, King James I blames Native Americans for bringing tobacco in Europe, complains about passive smoking, warns of dangers to the lungs, and decries tobacco’s odour as “hatefull to the nose.“ [Reference: Clinical Cases with dr Ves]
- What is Jendrassik manoeuvre?
- Clutching the hands together to reinforce the tendon reflexes.
- This effect was first observed in the late 19th century by Hungarian physician Erno Jendrassik, whom it was named after.
- This maneuver is particularly useful in that even if the patient is aware that the interlocking of fingers is just a distraction in order to elicit a larger reflex response, it still functions properly.
What cardiac symptom did William Heberden first describe in 1768?
- Classical exertional angina
…There is a disorder of the breast.…The seat of it, and sense of strangling and anxiety, with which it is attended, may make it not improperly be called angina pectoris. Those, who are afflicted with it, are ceased [sic] while they are walking and most….
“William Heberden.” Encyclopædia Britannica. 2010. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 08 Oct. 201
…and remember kids
…don’t believe everything you read!